Next topic for EPA’s Small Systems Monthly Webinar Series is Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
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This webinar, originally broadcast live on August 28, 2018 as part of the 15th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small Systems Challenges and Solutions, is being offered again due to high demand. Attendees will earn 2.0 continuing education contact hours for attending all three presentations and the Q& A session, or 1.5 continuing education contact hours for attending the three presentations. 

Presentation 1—EPA’s Ongoing Efforts to Address PFAS (Presented by Dr. Ryan Albert, EPA’s Office of Water). This presentation will discuss key EPA activities related to PFAS management in drinking water.

Presentation 2—State Perspective on PFAS (Presented by Lucas Martin, Minnesota Department of Health). Minnesota has a relatively long history of addressing PFAS in drinking water. Minnesota public water systems (PWS) first monitored for and detected PFAS in 2004. This presentation will review the detection, risk evaluation, and treatment of PFAS at Minnesota PWS. Challenges and lessons learned about topics such as changing health-based values, lower detection limits, risk communication, and interagency collaboration will also be discussed.

Presentation 3—Treatment Options for PFAS in a Surface Water Treatment Plant (Presented by Carel Vandermeyden, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority). This presentation will focus on the results of a 12-month long pilot test of PFAS treatment options at a surface water treatment plant. The pilot test focused on the effectiveness of Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) and Ion Exchange (IX) for the removal of PFAS compounds and developing design criteria for full-scale treatment facilities from the pilot test results. The presentation will also review the site-specific economic analyses for GAC, IX, and RO, and the selected treatment strategy.

About the Presenters:

Ryan Albert, Ph.D. | Contact:
Ryan is the Acting Chief of the Standards and Risk Reduction Branch (SRRB) in EPA’s Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water.  SRRB is responsible for establishing national drinking water-related policies and regulations related to microbial pathogens, disinfection byproducts, cyanotoxins, and PFAS. He has 14 years of experience at EPA; beyond SRRB, he has experience related to implementing EPA’s drinking water regulations, storm water management, ballast water and vessel regulation, and managing inter basin water transfers. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree at Emory University and his Ph.D. from George Mason University.

Lucas Martin | Contact:
Lucas has served for 12 years as a District Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Health Drinking Water Protection Section. He conducts sanitary surveys and sampling for Community Public Water Systems in the east Twin Cities metro area, which includes communities affected by PFAS contamination. He is also involved in Minnesota’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern program and is the state’s coordinator for EPA’s Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring. Lucas has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota.

Carel Vandermeyden | Contact:
Carel is the Director of Engineering for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Engineering Department, including the development and implementation of the Authority’s Capital Improvement Program for water and wastewater infrastructure. Carel has over 34 years of water and wastewater utility experience and is an active member of American Water Works Association and the Water Research Foundation. Prior to joining CFPUA, Carel was the Chief Engineer for the Greater Cincinnati Water Works.

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